The sexual and reproductive health of adolescents has become a major public concern, particularly with the advent of HIV/AIDS. Many organizations have tried to find strategies to reach youth with reproductive health (RH) information and services through various service delivery models. One such model has been the multipurpose youth center approach. Multipurpose youth centers typically include recreational or vocational services as entry points for RH and family planning (FP) information and services. There is some evidence in a variety of African settings (notably Kenya and Zimbabwe) suggesting that these centers are underutilized and not cost-effective. As a result, the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) reviewed its youth center program to gauge effectiveness in reaching young people in Ghana with RH/FP information and services. The findings from this research are useful to PPAG’s youth program and are also relevant for other African FP associations and agencies using this model. As noted in this report, the lessons learned from this research will be useful to policymakers and government officials whose work entails ensuring the welfare of youth.
Glover, Evam Kofi, Annabel Erulkar, and Joana Nerquaye-Tetteh. 1998. "Youth centres in Ghana: Assessment of the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana Programme," Africa OR/TA Project II Final Report. Nairobi: Population Council.
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